KENNER POLICE DEPARTMENT
Michael J. Glaser
Chief of Police
500 Veterans Boulevard
FAX (504) 712-2209
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Lt. Michael Cunningham
*UPDATE: Victim of homicide identified, suspect arrested and confesses
victim of the homicide has been identified as Arnold Matute-Vasquez, 22,
Edwin Gomez-Duarte, 18, of Harvey has been arrested and charged
with Second Degree Murder and Obstruction of Justice.
Gomez-Duarte was identified by several witnesses as the person
who fired the handgun from a vehicle killing Arnold Matute-Vasquez and
also to discarding the handgun from the vehicle stopped by police.
Gomez-Duarte has confessed to the homicide and discarding the
gun. He stated he has had
an ongoing dispute with associates of the victim and that he
(Gomez-Duarte) was shot in the foot a month earlier by those associates.
Gomez-Duarte stated the victim was present during the initial
fight. After fleeing from
the initial fight Gomez-Duarte directed the driver to circle the block
at which time he spotted victim and fired the shot which killed him.
All other occupants of the vehicle were unaware of Gomez-Duarte’s
plan to shoot and were not charged.